One of our baristas, Tyler Mastantuono, recently competed in the Canadian National Barista Competition in Vancouver.
There were 15 competitor this year that had placed in the regional competitions and each competitor prepared and served 12 separate espresso beverages: four espresso, four cappuccinos, and four signature drinks of their own creation, and presented them to a panel of judges in a 15 minute period.
Tyler delivered a solid performance, showcasing a coffee from Colombia (Arnulfo Leguizamo’s Primavera), roasted by Te Aro’s roasting team a week before the comp. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it through to the finals and the top three were all from Alberta this year. Josh Hockin, of Transcend Coffee, took home first place and will be representing Canada in Vienna in the World Barista Comp.
We were really excited to be part of the competition this year, and it was noticeable that Ontario really stepped it up this year in terms of the skill level of its competitors. We are really proud of Tyler – he has only been in the industry for a short time + worked really hard to make it into the Nationals. Also really proud of the whole Te Aro team (and extended Te Aro team). The Roasting Team did an exceptional job helping Tyler with the coffee + the training, Sameer from Fahrenheit coffee (and a Te Aro wholesale customer) also donated his time to help, and Tyler’s incredibly dedicated girlfriend Jasmin (and who we consider part of Te Aro’s team) spent a huge amount of time on the comp, and we were lucky enough to have her out in Vancouver with us.
Here are some pics of Tyler’s performance: